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Appropriate clothes key to running outside during winter

As I headed out recently for a morning run, I was almost paralyzed by the rush of frosty air. I made it about a quarter of a mile before turning back and heading home to grab my car keys so I could drive to the YMCA.

The colder weather doesn’t necessarily mean you have to resort to running inside on a treadmill, but it does take a little planning.

Heart health reality check

Tips for a healthy heart

You may consider yourself relatively healthy, but do you really know your risk for heart disease? Ask yourself the following five questions and consider how they might affect your cardiac health. It may make a life-saving difference.

1.  Do you have a family history of heart disease?

Your genetics are a risk factor that you can’t change. Perhaps your family has thicker blood or narrower arteries. Or perhaps your body has a gene that makes it harder to eliminate cholesterol. 

Does hummus count as a vegetable?


Recently, one my health coaching participants asked me how to count hummus when completing their food journal: “Is hummus a vegetable?"

Well ... yes and no.

It does contain chickpeas (garbanzo beans), which – while packed with protein – health educators typically advise people to count as a vegetable serving. However, hummus also contains olive oil and sesame tahini paste (often listed as sesame butter), both of which are high in calories and fat. Sesame paste has about 180 calories and 16 fat grams per tablespoon. Olive oil has 120 calories and 14 grams of fat.

Can juice replace fruit in your diet?

Orange juice

Recently someone asked me how many servings of fruit were in a glass of 100 percent fruit juice. Depending on the brand, claims range from one to four. However, while juice does have some nutritional value, we suggest you not consider it a replacement for a piece of fruit.

Why? Juice does not contain fiber and has a high concentration of sugar, even if the label touts “100 percent fruit juice” or “no sugar added.”

If you’ve ever juiced a fruit, you’ve seen the sludge and goo left behind. That’s actually the most nutritious part of the fruit.

Passion to ride horses motivates grandmother to recover from broken wrist

Debbie Meili

Debbie Meili was finishing chores before leaving on a long-anticipated vacation to Barcelona, Spain, when she took a tumble that resulted in a six- month journey of perseverance.

She fell out of the barn loft at her Clearwater, Kansas, farm as she tried to step over a cat sprawled across a stair step. Her right hand took the brunt of the fall. Excruciating pain radiated up her arm.

Occupational therapy vs. physical therapy: What’s the difference?

Occupational therapist

When people are recovering from an injury or serious illness, they often require outpatient rehabilitation through therapy. In addition to physical therapy (PT), some may need occupational therapy (OT). But that’s where people get confused. How do the two therapies differ?

Why you should ditch your high heels during your commute

Commuter shoes

In our nation’s big cities, seeing professional women jump on a subway or bus wearing sneakers is fairly commonplace. Here in Wichita, I seldom see women wearing athletic shoes with their business attire as they commute to work. These ladies look great in their high heels, but sometimes it makes my feet hurt just watching them.


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